1295. Arachnothera affinis modesta

(1295) Arachnothera affinis modesta.

The Grey-breasted Spider-Hunter.

Anthreptes modesta Eyton, P. Z. S., 1839. p. 105 (Malaya). Arachnothera modesta. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 370.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Whole upper plumage and visible portions of wing bright yellowish-green ; central tail-feathers darker, each with a blackish tip, lateral feathers blackish with yellowish-green bases and white tips; concealed portions of wing brown; feathers of forehead and fore-crown with dark centres; upper ear-coverts and sides of the neck olive-yellow; chin, throat and breast greenish-ashy, faintly streaked with dark brown ; remainder of lower plumage paler, the under tail-coverts with broad yellow tips.

Colours of soft parts. Iris brown; upper mandible black, the lower reddish-horny to reddish-brown; legs and feet reddish-ochre to pale reddish-brown.

Measurements. Wing 72 to 85 mm.; tail 42 to 52 mm.; tarsus 18 to 20 mm.; culmen 32 to 35 mm.

Distribution. Tenasserim from Muleyit to the Malay Peninsula; Sumatra and Borneo.

Nidification unknown.

Habits. Very little recorded but, as far as is known, not differing from those of other Spider-Hunters. It is found both in evergreen and in light forest as well as in the groves of Coconut and Betel palms and, though apparently only rarely, in gardens.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.3 1926.
Title in Book: 
1295. Arachnothera affinis modesta
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Common name: 
Grey Breasted Spider Hunter
Arachnothera modesta modesta
Vol. 3

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